Tasmania – A Perfect Eco-Friendly Travel Destination
While the state of our planet keeps getting worse, there are still a few unspoiled spots where you can experience nature at its best. Eco-tourism is a rising trend that appreciates places that made an effort to preserve their natural habitats and teeming wildlife – and the island of Tasmania is one of such places. A perfect destination for an active holiday (or a chill, relaxing one if you wish so), it has innumerable little nooks to discover on foot, and the experience of getting up-close with nature is invaluable. Read on to learn about some of the most beautiful vistas this island has to offer.
The capital of the state, which is a beautiful historic town located on the Derwent River, doesn’t lack in must-visit spots. Hobart is framed by Mount Wellington on the west, which, if you decide to climb it, will give you excellent views over the city and the river. The peaks of the mountain are usually covered in snow, so make sure you dress appropriately if you go for this adventure. Another nature-friendly destination on your must-visit list in Hobart should be the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Here, you can get acquainted with not only hundreds of native Tasmanian plant varieties, but thousands of other species from around the world too. It is a wonderful place to realize the diversity of the flora around us.
Freycinet National Park
Another beautiful region in Tasmania is certainly Freycinet National Park with its famous Wineglass Bay, Hazards Mountains, Coles Bay and many other famous spots worth exploring. You can climb Mount Graham if you want to get a truly remarkable view over the peninsula, or you can visit the beautiful, secluded Hazards Beach at Coles Bay and explore the shoreline that you’re likely to have all to yourself. Besides the sandy beaches, you can expect to see a variety of interesting bird life and even marine life – the wildlife here is teeming!
Tasman National Park
To fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the island though, you should make it your priority to visit a few national parks, starting with the Tasman National Park, found about one and a half-hour drive from Hobart. It is deemed as one of the most spectacular national parks in the region, and here, you can even opt for multiple hikes with accommodation along the way: walking the popular Three Capes Track that opened in 2015 is certainly an unforgettable experience. The cliffs that tower hundreds of meters above the sea are nothing short of breathtaking: the track will walk you through Cape Raoul, Waterfall Bay, Fortescue Bay, Cape Hauy, etc., and you can also enjoy views of Cape Pillar and the scenic Tasman Island. Don’t forget to take your camera to capture everything!
To see a different side of Tasmania far from the rocky cliffs and roaring waves, visit the Bridestowe Lavender Estate during the summer. During this time, you can see over 260 acres of land covered in fragrant, blooming lavender that paints the estate purple as far as the eye can see. In addition, the farm swears by sustainability: it is completely self-sufficient with smart water use and it endorses using native plants for pest control and natural solutions instead of pesticides – not to mention taking advantage of solar power to reduce energy usage. After strolling through the fields, appreciating this wonder of agrotourism, you can even taste some lavender-inspired delicacies in their local cafe.
Tessellated Pavement and Devil’s Kitchen
A good day trip if you want to explore a few intriguing spots yourself could be the area around Eaglehawk Neck. A little north of the isthmus, you can find the interesting rock formation of the Tessellated Pavement. Due to erosion, the platform of this coast formed into perfect rectangle-shaped “paving stones” that look almost man-made! Catch the sunrise here and you will have some pretty amazing photos to capture! Further south of the Eaglehawk Neck, check out the Tasman Blowhole and the Fossil Bay lookout for beautiful views of the sea. Just a short walk from here, you can explore the Tasman Arch and finally, the Devil’s Kitchen – the viewing platform will give you nice views of the rocky cliffs!
Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay
You might have heard of the famous Bay of Fires that is known for its rocks boasting unique shades of orange and red – it is a wonderful sight you should not miss out on! And while you’re there, make sure to check out Binalong Bay too at its southern end. This is one of the best spots for whale-watching and seeing other sea creatures such as seals, but you can also try your hands at some water activities such as game fishing while enjoying the view!
It comes as no surprise that Tasmania is a paradise for nature lovers and a perfect eco-friendly destination: after all, it boasts no less than 19 national parks within its borders. Once you’re in Tasmania, you will forget about the outside world and start appreciating nature even more!